ERM at COP18 in Doha, Qatar

26 November 2012

ERM will be present when government negotiators, advocacy groups and the media converge at the 18th round of annual international talks on the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Kyoto Protocol – COP18 – which will take place in Doha, Qatar from 26 November to 7 December 2012.

A delegation from ERM's Air Quality & Climate Change (AQ&CC) practice will interact with business delegates at COP18 to share perspectives, gauge concerns and gain insights about potential impacts and opportunities for ERM’s clients. ERM’s delegation will be led by Lee Solsbery, who assists the AQ&CC practice globally and is a former four-term board member of the International Emissions Trading Association (IETA). He will be joined in Doha by Lisa Campbell and Charles Allison, Practice Leaders for Energy and Climate Change at ERM for the Oil & Gas sector and the EMEA region, respectively, and also Isobel O’ Connell, climate change lead consultant in ERM’s Middle East office.

Significance of COP18
COP18 is under pressure to build on the outcomes of the prior COPs in Durban and Cancun to agree on the international structure and mechanisms for addressing climate change after the current ‘commitment period’ under the Kyoto Protocol ends this year.  So far, negotiations on a ‘post Kyoto’ international framework have emphasized national actions to be pledged and reported to the UNFCCC rather than a successor to the Kyoto Protocol involving ‘top down’ targets for individual nations.  In the absence of specific greenhouse gas reduction targets for nations, there is still pressure for UNFCCC negotiators to agree upon a binding overall target for limiting global emissions which would then be met by national actions.  Negotiators must also agree on new market-based mechanisms such as project-based carbon credits (like the Clean Development Mechanism under Kyoto) and emissions trading/joint implementation between national schemes.

ERM experts will liaise with business and environmental group delegates on the latest developments and debates.  In particular:

  • On 3 December, ERM- in conjunction with law firm Bennett Jones - will offer a special client briefing on Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) issues and opportunities followed by a networking reception.
  • On 4 December, ERM will lead an IETA side event with Chevron and the oil and gas industry Carbon Capture Project to showcase the results of ERM’s 2012 work for them on key CCS regulatory issues.


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